Dr. Helena D. Lewis, DSW, LCSW, LCADC

Helena D. Lewis, Theatrical Scholar- Practitioner

Nineteen Years-Old, Performed by Helena D. Lewis at International Human Rights Arts Festival in NYC

Helena D. Lewis is a theatrical scholar-practitioner who uses qualitative research and social work theories to illuminate the nuances of social justice issues that impact marginalized and incarcerated voices. After obtaining her BA in Biology from Rutgers University, Helena developed, implemented and supervised a drop-in center for sex workers with substance use disorders (SUD) for the Community At Risk Reduction (CARR) Program in Newark, New Jersey and helped develop a vocational rehabilitation component for a Department of Corrections (DOC) Residential Community Release Program (RCRP) for women. Helena spent three years working on a CDC/HRSA Correctional Demonstration Project providing prevention case management to HIV positive male inmates. She is the former program manager of three transitional housing programs for formerly incarcerated men and women and is currently the SUD Treatment Director for a residential facility for women inmates. Helena is also the Internship Coordinator at William Paterson University and has taught Introduction to Human Services, Field Work in Social Services and Criminology Criminal Justice Fieldwork. She obtained her Doctor in Social Work (DSW) from Rutgers University School of Social Work. Helena’s research interests includes topics related to incarcerated women focusing on grief and loss and the intersectionality of autoethnography and theater.

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